Seeing Is Believing

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

We all know how important it is to a company's bottom-line to keep their workforce productive. When workers are exposed to extreme heat, they can get dehydrated and begin to lose focus.   Did you know that worker reaction times can decrease by 23% with a 4% body fluid loss? While staying cool and hydrated may seem like a luxury, in a work enviornment, it is a necessity to keep workers alert and protected from the repercussions of heat stress.

Finding an efficient, yet economical cooling solution can be daunting for businesses like an automotive shop where the garage doors are constantly open in the summer. Knowing that trying a solution out for yourself is always the best way to prove effectiveness, we recently worked with a shop owner based in the hot San Jacinto Valley of California to test our new Jetstream 240. Here's what he had to say about using the Jetstream to beat the heat in his shop, as featured as a "Tool Review" by the editors of Professional Tool & Equipment News:

http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/article/12240202/tool-review-portacool-jetstream-240-evaporative-cooler

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Shops for work aren't the only ones that benefit from portable evaporative coolers. Hobbyists that tinker in the garage also find respite with the Jetstream 240. Cruiseman's Garage recently posted his review of the cooler:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocR4kvE_wOs

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Topics: garage, heat stress, Cruiseman's Garage, worker productivity, cooling fans, cooling solutions, professional tools and equpment news, jetstream 240, cooling garages

Portacool Hazardous Location Evaporative Coolers Receive ETL Certification for Use in Class I, Division 2, Groups C & D

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 01:55 PM

This week our team announced that Portacool Hazardous Location evaporative coolers are ETL Certified for use in Class I, Division 2, Groups C & D hazardous locations. This certification ensures Portacool Hazardous Location evaporative coolers are suited to provide cooling comfort that aids heat stress prevention among workers in high-heat environments where combustibles are a concern. These environments include petrochemical refineries, offshore and onshore oil/gas exploration, chemical production, fuel depots, garages or hangars where fuel is present.

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Portacool Hazardous Location evaproative coolers safely cool workers and lower temperatures in high-heat, combustible environments where airborne gas is potentially ignitable

Designed to cool areas where airborne gas is potentially ignitable, the Hazardous Location evaporative coolers harness the cooling power of evaporative technology to safely lower temperatures in extreme heat work environments. The switches, cords, motors and pumps are sealed in UL listed products to ensure an intrinsically safe design where airborne hazards exist. The heavy-duty pump, motor and switches are made to be nearly indestructible. Additionally, the housing is static resistant and comes in safety orange to aid hazardous location visibility.

The ETL certification comes from Intertek, a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) recognized by OSHA. Intertek has the authority to provide independent evaluation, product safety testing and ETL certification for electrically operated gas-or oil-fired products.  

“We are pleased that the Hazardous Location evaporative coolers have met and exceeded Intertek’s rigorous safety requirements,” said Scott Jacobs, Director, Engineering, Portacool. “We are proud to offer these rated products to the market.”
 
The evaporative coolers feature KUUL Comfort™ evaporative media and Portacool Protect, which features a one year warranty on all components, lifetime warranty on housing against manufacturing defects and U.S.-based customer service.

To learn more about these products, please click here: http://www.portacool.com/en/us/hazardous-location-solutions

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, heat stress, high heat work enviornments, Hazardous Location

The Heat is ON!

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 01:12 PM

The official start to summer is on Monday, June 20th, but a good portion of the country is going to experience a huge heat wave BEFORE then. According to AccuWeather reports and Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark, the forecast for this week includes historic heat.

Full report here: http://bit.ly/25TH2zp

"Heat will build to dangerous and record-challenging levels in much of the southwestern United States toward this weekend and into early next week.

Temperatures will climb well past 100 F in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona with the worst days of heat likely from Saturday to Tuesday.

However, the heat will not stop there.

'A truly historic heat wave is likely to bring intense and all-time record challenging heat to a large part of the Southwest this weekend into next week,' says Clark."

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As we talk about regularly, the danger of heat stress and illness is real AND it CAN be prevented with precautions. Remember to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is particularly hot and humid, you may not sweat enough to keep yourself cool. When one’s body temperature increases too much, heat-related illnesses can occur.

Here are a few tips  to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer:

* Choose your outdoor time wisely. Whenever possible, avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day, typically noon to 5 p.m. Choose outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the early morning or evening, such as grilling or going for a walk. 

* Keep everyone hydrated. When the weather is hot, it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone in the family – from children and pets to parents and grandparents – gets enough water. While outdoors, be sure to have ample bottled water on hand and don’t forget to keep your pet’s bowl filled— especially outdoors.

* Leverage cooling technology to make outdoor spaces more comfortable. Sometimes, you have to be outside during hotter times of day. Keeping cool is key. Portable evaporative coolers like the Portacool Cyclone 1000, use the natural process of evaporation to make outdoor spaces more comfortable during hot weather. As discussed last week, these evaporative coolers move water over evaporative cooling media to produce chilled air that provides a noticeable difference. This can make outdoor spaces such as the patio, deck or garage more bearable in the heat. 

* Seek shade. If your patio or deck isn’t covered, use movable umbrellas or awnings to create plenty of shade. Going to a ballgame or the beach? Take an umbrella to shield you from the sun, or wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face.

* Choose weather-smart attire. When the weather’s very hot and the sun is bright, choose loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight materials and opt for lighter colors. This type of clothing will be more comfortable when you sweat, and lighter colors reflect heat more efficiently. If you’ll be working outdoors for any length of time, consider long-sleeved shirts and long pants in moisture-wicking materials to help shield your skin from sun exposure.

* Don’t overdo it with exercise. While vigorous exercise has many benefits, engaging in strenuous activity in extreme heat can do far more harm than good. If you enjoy an outdoor run or have yardwork to do, try to reserve it for the coolest times of day—early morning and evening. Consider taking your exercise routine indoors to a gym or your own living room when temperatures are very hot.

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Topics: Summer, heat stress, Extreme Heat, air cooler, evaporative coolers, Cyclone 1000, portabable evaporative cooler, portable coolers, Portacool cyclone 1000, record heat

Tips for staying safe in the heat at home

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

This summer, we've talked a lot about heat safety relative to work environments. But, enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer when you are at home.

It’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is particularly hot and humid, you may not sweat enough to keep yourself cool. When one’s body temperature increases too much, heat-related illnesses can occur. These range from minor irritations like heat rash or cramps, to potentially deadly conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In fact, each year, heat-related illnesses claim an average of more than 100 lives, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands more seek medical treatment for heat-induced injury and illness.

Here are a few tips  to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer:

* Choose your outdoor time wisely. Whenever possible, avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day, typically noon to 5 p.m. Choose outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the early morning or evening, such as grilling and dining al fresco or going for a walk. 

* Keep everyone hydrated. When the weather is hot, it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone in the family – from children and pets to parents and grandparents – gets enough water. While outdoors, be sure to have ample bottled water on hand and don’t forget to keep your pet’s bowl filled—and give him plenty of opportunities to drink—while outdoors.

* Leverage cooling technology to make outdoor spaces more comfortable. Sometimes, you have to be outside during hotter times of day. Keeping cool is key. Outdoor coolers like the Portacool Cyclone 1000, use the natural process of evaporation to make outdoor spaces more comfortable during hot weather. These evaporative coolers move water over evaporative cooling pads (or evaporative cooling media) to produce chilled air that provides a noticeable difference – lowering temperatures by as much as 30°F. This can make outdoor spaces such as the patio, deck or garage more bearable in the heat. 

* Seek shade. If your patio or deck isn’t covered, use movable umbrellas or awnings to create plenty of shade. Going to a ballgame or the beach? Take an umbrella to shield you from the sun, or wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face.

* Choose weather-smart attire. When the weather’s very hot and the sun is bright, choose loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight materials and opt for lighter colors. This type of clothing will be more comfortable when you sweat, and lighter colors reflect heat more efficiently. If you’ll be working outdoors for any length of time, consider long-sleeved shirts and long pants in moisture-wicking materials to help shield your skin from sun exposure.

* Don’t overdo it with exercise. While vigorous exercise has many benefits, engaging in strenuous activity in extreme heat can do far more harm than good. If you enjoy an outdoor run or have yardwork to do, try to reserve it for the coolest times of day—early morning and evening. Consider taking your exercise routine indoors to a gym or your own living room when temperatures are very hot.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, avoid heat stress, evaporative cooling pad, evaporative cooling media, heat-related illness, outdoor coolers, Portacool cyclone 1000

Heat Is More Than A Temperature Reading

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

Assessing risk for heat-related illnesses means looking beyond the thermometer to other indicators that add to the potential for illness or injury. The “heat index” is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a single value that takes both temperature and humidity into account. Put simply, it can feel much warmer when the heat index value is factored in because it combines air temperatures and humidity to describe perceived outdoor temperature.

The key thing to know is the higher the heat index, the hotter the weather feels given that sweat does not readily evaporate and cool the skin. According to OSHA, the heat index is a better measure than air temperature alone for assessing the risk to workers from environmental heat sources.*

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This guide helps employers and worksite supervisors prepare & implement hot weather plans.
This guidance is available online at http://osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/.

 

Take care to protect your employees in these conditions. Provide water. Offer regular breaks in the shade. If air-conditioning is unavailable or impractical, consider creating a cooling station where a portable evaporative cooler can be placed to help lower temperatures by as much as 30°F. Precaution and prevention are the keys to keeping employees safe when the mercury AND heat index rise.

*Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/index.html; wording taken verbatim from Introduction to OSHA’s “Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers”

Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, OSHA, heat index

Every Degree Matters

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Heat related illness and deaths are a real concern for employers and workers. According to the National Safety Council, 11 American workers die on the job each day. As we continue to think about safety this month, taking preventative steps to reducing heat related illnesses is key.

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Source: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/safety-at-work.aspx National Safety Council, “Safety at Work”

Heat-related illness can be prevented. Take measures to combat heat-related injuries:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand.
  2. Schedule rest breaks and add a cooling station when possible with tools such as a portable evaporative cooler that works on a standard 110-V from worksites.
  3. Stay aware of conditions with your phone or tablet, especially if working outdoors. Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15°F. OSHA has an app (download info here) to help calculate the heat index for the worksite and helps to identify the risk level.
  4. Be informed by reviewing the heat illness signs and symptoms. Training is this area is worthwhile.
  5. Use a buddy system. Monitor each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

For more information about safety while working in the heat, see OSHA's heat illness webpage and online guidance page for employers that outlines how to use the heat index to protect workers.

Topics: heat stress, Extreme Heat, OSHA, evaporative coolers, National Safety Council, avoid heat stress, NSC, portabable evaporative cooler

June is National Safety Month

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

This month, via promotion of National Safety Month, the National Security Council is encouraging everyone to take extra care and precaution to maintain personal and work safety. As you can imagine, heat is one of the biggest safety concerns during the summer. Working in a hot environment can be more than uncomfortable, it can be a health risk and dangerous. According to the Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, each year thousands of people become sick from heat-related illnesses. Last year, at least 30 workers in this country died from heat exposure.

It is important to understand how the body handles heat and hot conditions. As temperatures rise, the body releases heat more slowly. As humidity increases, sweat evaporation decreases and stagnant air makes sweat evaporation more difficult. When these three factors are combined, you have a higher potential for health and safety concerns.*

In addition to the personal health risks, it is important to note that you are putting yourself and others in your work environment at risk when you are not properly prepared for the heat. The chances for accidents due to sweaty hands, dizziness and decreased mental alertness go up considerably in hot conditions. Additionally, increased body temperature and discomfort can lead to irritability and frustration that could lend to more careless behavior.

The key to staying safe in the heat is to take preventative measures. OSHA advises workers to follow these simple steps:

  • WATER: You need plenty of water throughout the day—every 15 minutes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
  • REST: Rest breaks help your body recover.
  • SHADE: Resting in the shade or in air-conditioning helps you cool down.

 Keep in mind that cool air from evaporative coolers can also be a practical alternative when air conditioned spaces are unavailable as noted in the “shade” step. Portacool evaporative coolers are portable and work off a standard 110-V plug making accessibility easy in hard-to-cool spaces or outdoors. You could even consider setting-up a cooling station.

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Taking care to follow these tips can go a long way. This month we’ll continue to explore various heat-safety topics. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

*Source: Click-Safety http://www.clicksafety.com Heat Stress Course

Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, OSHA, cooling station, cooling solutions, National Safety Month

Heat is on the way...

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

As we draw closer to June, one thing is certain: the heat is coming! Weather predictions indicate a majority of the country can expect a hotter summer than last. In fact, much of the USA will experience 90°+ temperatures.

Now is the time to prepare for these conditions BEFORE the mercury rises. If you manage work spaces that are open and difficult to cool, or if you are planning significant work outdoors or even entertaining this summer by the grill,  begin assessing your cooling needs now. High temperature environments can contribute to a slower work pace and increase the need for frequent breaks. In fact, studies show that worker productivity will decrease by more than 1% for every two degrees when temperatures rise over 77°F. At temperatures of 92°F or higher, there is a 16.6% decrease in productivity.  And, working in high temperature areas also increases the threat of heat-related illnesses.

Securing effective, affordable cooling solutions ahead of time will be a huge relief when respite from the heat is needed in those hard-to-cool spaces. Consider your cooling options.  Oscillating and ceiling fans simply blow stagnant warm air around.  Smaller fans are portable, but may not be powerful enough to cover a large, open area effectively.  Ceiling fans offer no portability and installation can be costly in an industrial environment.  Misters pose a drenching side effect when used outdoors and often not conducive in a working environment. Evaporative coolers are designed to create a noticeable difference by lowering temperatures by as much as 30°F.  

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Portacool portable evaporative cooling products combine the natural power of evaporation with the highest quality evaporative media to provide maximum cooling efficiency.  The portability of these evaporative coolers is particularly convenient. They can go anywhere they are needed:  in the garage, shop, auto bay, patio or outdoor work area.  As you begin assessing your needs, we appreciate your consideration. When comfort counts, Portacool™ portable evaporative coolers offer the lowest-cost, most effective cooling solution available.

Visit our products pages to check out our portable evaporative coolers to select the product that is right for you.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, Extreme Heat, weather, cooling solutions, evaporative coolers, Portacool, affordable cooling

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